(804) 285-0680

Russel E. Bessell, O.D., FAAO
  • Cataract surgery pre/post operative management
  • Laser surgery pre/post operative management
  • Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) pre/post operative management
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Consultative Medical Optometry

Johns Hopkins University, B.A. with Honors
Baylor Medical School, M.D., Alpha Omega
        Alpha Medical Honor Society
Baylor, Residency in Ophthalmology
Board Certified 2000 and re-certified 2010


American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and
        Refractive Surgery
Richmond Academy of Medicine
Medical Society of Virginia

Dr. Bessell is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is a US Navy veteran and has practiced consultative optometry for over 25 years.  He specializes in medical optometry, surgical co-management and all aspects of general optometry.  Dr. Bessell has over 20 years experience diagnosing, managing and treating conditions and disease of the human eye and visual system.  He has provided approximately 20,000 patients with pre- and post- operative care for cataracts, glaucoma and laser refractive services.  Dr. Bessell and Dr. Dave' have been professional colleagues for nearly 20 years.  Dr. Bessell has returned to the Richmond area to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing racquetball and traveling.  Dr. Bessell is active in many civic associations and is a member of various professional associations.  

  • No Stitch Cataract Surgery
  • Endoscopic Eye Surgery
  • Premium Lens Implants
  • Laser Vision Correction (lasik, PRK)
  • Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
  • Laser Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Consultative Ophthalmology

Akshay V. Davé M.D.
Dr. Davé was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He received early acceptance into Johns Hopkins University where he enrolled in biomedical engineering.  He graduated early from Hopkins and received a President's Scholarship to Baylor College of Medicine.  Throughout his education he has been involved in basic science and clinical research as well as charitable work. He joined Dominion Eye Associates with Dr. Stephen Volk in 2000.  In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI blessed Dr. Davé for his charitable work.  

Grove City College, BS Mathematics
Pacific University College of Optometry,  O.D.
American Academy of Optometry